Local Coastal Escape: Dive into Tropical Fun at the National Aviary!

Flamingo Fest, Eggstravaganza, Easter Brunch, and Penguin-Palooza – A Family Paradise Awaits!

By Emily Papa, Macaroni KID Pittsburgh Publisher February 23, 2024

Hey yinz guys! I don't know about you, but I'm ready to trade in these Pittsburgh winter blues for some tropical hues! What if I told you that you could easily bid farewell to the chilly weather and say hello to a paradise right here in our city – the National Aviary's Coastal Getaway!

Step into a vibrant world filled with coastal and tropical species, complete with breezy coastal décor that'll make you feel like you've landed on a sunny beach. The National Aviary has decked out its space with a brand-new seasonal theme to transport you to a colorful paradise that any Pittsburgh family would be excited about. Plus, they've added exciting daily activities like the Birds of the Islands Talk and engaging play spaces to keep the whole family entertained.

And guess what? You won't want to miss the incredible birds gliding, swooping, and strutting right in front of you during Habitat Heroes, presented by AAA Travel. It's an add-on fun experience that'll leave you in awe!

But wait, there's more! Check out these upcoming seasonal events at the National Aviary:

Flamingo Fest

Saturday & Sunday, February 24 – 25
11 am – 3 pm
Included with Admission

Join the celebration of our pink, long-legged friends! Learn flamingo facts from Aviary experts, explore the Wetlands, and meet the flock. Don your best pink outfit and take part in flamingo-inspired activities. And if you're feeling artsy, add on the fun by painting your very own vividly-pink flamingo at Brushes & Birds with Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas. 


Saturday & Sunday, March 23 – 24 & Friday & Saturday, March 29 – 30
11 am – 3 pm
Included with Admission

Gather your peeps for springtime festivities! Hop through immersive habitats on a themed scavenger hunt, create spring-themed crafts, and more. 

Easter Brunch

Sunday, March 31
Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm
National Aviary Admission Included

Every-bunny is invited to Easter Brunch! Enjoy a delectable menu crafted by Atria’s Specialty Catering, and take a beautiful stroll through immersive habitats after dining.


April 27 & 28
11 am – 3 pm
Included with Admission

Penguin-Palooza is an entire weekend dedicated to Pittsburgh’s favorite flightless birds! Learn amazing penguin facts, meet the colony at Penguin Point, and take part in themed activities. Continue the penguin fun by creating your own masterpiece during Brushes & Birds.

Don't miss out on these fantastic opportunities to escape to a sunny paradise right here in Pittsburgh! Book your visit to the National Aviary’s Coastal Getaway now.